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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    JW,

    Agreed. Last year I picked up a swarm hanging on a flowering redbud, March 31st.
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    Russ,

    Thanks again for the encouragement.

    I have one 2 frame medium hive that is practically boiling with bees. I am wondering if the protracted warm weather leads to more swarms (earlier...
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    Chicken Feeder Report: 01/15/20
    A few bees were still visiting the chicken feeder. Most have moved on to the pollen sub.

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    January 10th-12th the bees were congregating at the pollen...
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    Re: How cold in the hive?

    Kate,

    If your Broodminder is over the cluster, but several inches away, it sounds like a reasonable temp. As long as the temp is several degrees above ambient temp, your bees are likely ok. ...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    My thinking is some of the bees are looking for pollen, so perhaps those hives need it. Maybe they are just storing it up for February/March.

    I'm not too worried about mites, but if those hives...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Good one. :applause:
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    JW,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I don't really don't like to feed the bees, but I do give them sugar. This is the first time using the faux pollen.
    When I have more hives and more courage,...
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    Chicken Feeder Report: 01/04/2020

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    There have been a lot bees congregating around the chicken feeder over the last week or so. Yesterday there were 50 bees at any given time. The beeyard...
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    Gregv,

    "1. 1901 Westley was a nice-looking swarm that had evaporated to about its original size by the time my trainee and I got there. It was queenless. When I stored them at my house, they...
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    Russ,

    Seven hives made it to the starting line for this winter. I use Nov 1st as the beginning of the winter season.

    I got the equivalent of 8 to 9 4'x8' sheets of 2" Rigid foam insulation...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    I've always felt there is an over-reliance on reductionism in modern science. It is useful in understanding honey bees, but it should never exclude the holistic view.

    After skimming the paper,...
  12. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    The full article:

    https://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/146484/1/whiterose22052019.pdf
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    Robert,

    You've really go me thinking about flexible inner covers now. Being able to peel back a little at a time, would be very helpful.

    I don't do any kind of varroa control. I hope to...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Ha! The way I figure it, starting from 2010, we should have about 1% of our colonies left. Hmmm....
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Here is a recent article by Derek Mitchell on modern beehive design which is based on his latest research:

    https://phys.org/news/2019-09-honey-bees-hives.html
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    Russ,

    Thanks for the good wishes. I had a November abscond (couldn't find any mite frass ??), and a dink that is getting dinkier by the day. (Bad queen, I'm pretty sure) So, I am soon to be 5/7....
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    Robert,

    It is good to know we're on the same path. Going contrarian is hard, but then folks like Langstroth and Wedmore advocated for some of these methods decades ago.

    Last year was the first...
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    Russ and others,

    The article can be found here:

    From the abstract:

    "It is highly likely that honeybees, in temperate climates and in their natural home, with much smaller thermal conductance...
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    Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Robert,

    Here is one approach to insulating existing hive bodies:
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?350601-clong-2018-2019-Treatment-Free-Experience&p=1696903#post1696903

    For...
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    Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    FP,

    I've managed to winter one strong hive with polystryrene boxes and a lower-only entrance. Using squarepeg's modifications of Walt Wright's Checkerboard/Nectar managment method prevented...
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    Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Joshua,

    Is this the article you referenced?

    https://www.beeculture.com/winter-management/
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    Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Robert,

    I'm going down a similar path to yours. R10 insulation wedged into the telescoping cover year-round, with R5 on the sides year-round. The inner covers are plexiglass. No top venting...
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    Re: Is it just me, or do you see it too?

    Looks like a cross between a queen bee and a bearded dragon.
    Her wings are clipped, though.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ,

    As has already been said, great job! It will be fun to see how this hive performs going forward.

    This might be a little late, but have you seen this article?
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    Re: Pre winter planing and experiment idea

    Herb,

    My thoughts exactly. Another way to approach this is to cut off all top vents, put in a solid inner cover, and put 1-2" of rigid foam insulation above the solid inner cover. Much less heat...
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